More COVID-19 Cases at Roma Camp, Migrant Hotel in Greece Bring Worry

ATHENS – While the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic continues to lessen in Greece after a near two-month lockdown held down the number of cases and deaths, there’s anxiety it could now spread in a closed Roma camp in Nea Smyrni, Larissa, central Greece.

Scores of camp residents have been tested by health officials who will now trace the contacts of new cases that included a 46-year-old man in the Intensive Care Unit of Larissa General Hospital and a 21-year-old pregnant woman, said Kathimerini.

There was also a case in a hotel hosting migrants in Kranidi, in the Peloponnese, which was also locked down in April after 150 people there tested positive and health officials are said to be worried there could also be an outbreak at overcrowded refugee and migrant detention centers on five Greek islands where none curiously have happened.

The 18 cases at the Roma camp are among the 21 new Covid-19 infections announced by authorities, bringing the total to 2,876 and the death toll at 171.


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